The evolution of the cyber attacker’s techniques, skills and tools has far exceeded the pace of the cyber defender’s. Throughout the public and private sector, from federal agencies to health insurance providers, emerging threats continue to wreak havoc on enterprise networks, applications and data. Incident response teams must move faster, but the tools they’ve been given to do the job aren’t fast enough in detecting,... more »
Use certifications similar to FedRAMP (standard baseline assessment) for all IT acquisitions, not just for cloud.
Get R&D activities in cyber being done in government and quasi-government labs (DARPA, DHS S&T, NIST, etc.) placed into acquisition availability faster. Issue challenges to the government and commercial labs to address specific cyber capability needs
Require federal contractors to have cyber insurance or, alternatively, make it a + evaluation factor in bid assessments.
Give a plus in evaluations of companies for primes that incentivize partners to address business-led security
Walmart achieved a 92% reduction in security defects by creating a "Security Maven" role to drive security best practices into their software development teams that greatly outnumbered their security teams. IT security in government is typically organized as a silo focused on protecting production systems. A government-wide security maven program would help tear down the existing" expertise" and "contractual" barriers... more »
(Regular print are supported ITAPS recommendations in response to questions, flagged are expanded recommendations to more explicitly address questions, not directly addressed by ITAPS; participated in and collaborated with ITAPS OMB-OPM-NSC Task Force) With the continued and growing dependence of the government on commercially provided IT services, what changes are needed to government acquisition policies and practices... more »
Finance and Procurement: Organizational procurement programs should have clearly defined and communicated priorities, accompanied by clear direction to procurement agents on the procedures to acquire technology consistent with those priorities, resulting in a consistent, predictable, and agile acquisition approach that will result in more secure technology deployments. For example, the Director of the Office of Management... more »
In 2011 the White House via OMB issued a Memo M-11-11 that stated "Effective the beginning of FY2012, existing physical and logical access control systems must be upgraded to use PIV credentials , in accordance with NIST guidelines, prior to the agency using development and technology refresh funds to complete other activities." https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/memoranda/2011/m11-11.pdf. This memo, had... more »
With the preponderance of IT devices and chipsets being manufactured in China, there is a distinct possibility that the PLA is hard-coding spyware and back-doors in the hardware built there. Acquisition laws need to specifically require that all components & sub-components used in sensitive IT / data communications systems be built / fabricated and assembled by U.S. companies in the US. Further, safeguards (inspections... more »
There is a rapid increase in cyber insurance across the commercial landscape. This is getting the C-level attention because the risk and costs are being codified into actual numbers, not just fear of something bad happening. The Federal Government should leverage off this trend and require all Government contractors to have a level of insurance, which will likewise drive a level of accountability and measurement. This... more »